Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female ...Written by
Although originally released in 2004, the film did not qualify for the following year's Academy Awards as it did not play at least one week in Los Angeles (as Academy Awards rules require for eligibility). When it was finally released in L.A. the following year, the film qualified for Oscar consideration for 2005, and it went on to win the Best Picture Oscar for that year. See more »
Kim Lee is not a Korean name. It is just a mixture of two family names. When Koreans use the two words for a name, they use different pronunciations. Common pronunciation of the words are Geum and Yi. See more »
It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.
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Producers gratefully acknowledge the valuable assistance of The Culbert Family; Members of the Actors Gym, Hollywood, California. See more »
The two-disc director's cut DVD features an additional two minutes of dialogue and footage See more »
I like this movie. It gives the viewer something to think about. It has a few outstanding performances (Matt Dillon, Ludicrous) and some weak performances (Ryan Phillipe). All that aside, this movie never departs from feeling didactic and --well--like you are being subjected to a moral tale.
Other movies have done this: If These Walls Could Talk, American History X, those safe driving videos I watched in drivers education years ago. It's not wrong for movies to solicit a morality. It's just difficult to escape that and find an artistic harbor, too. (I feel that American History X did a much better job getting cinema legs under it then Crash did, for that matter.)
Overall, this movie was good but never reached the free-wheeling levels of cinema brilliance that movies like Brokeback and Capote did this year. The "Academy" giving the nod to this movie is laughable and misguided. The academy's vote makes it painfully obvious that 3000 of the 4000 Academy members live in Los Angeles and don't think for themselves.
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